Fantasy Summary

Sizable defensive forward with a knack for the front of the net. Can win puck battles and tip pucks efficiently, and has great upper- and lower-body strength. Offensive tools need refining.


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March 2022 – Bardakov’s season hasn’t shown much promise, as the prospect’s production dipped (three points in 19 games) and he was sent down to the VHL, Russia’s second division, where he scored two points in two games. He’s already pro-ready in terms of his size, strength and grit, but his hockey sense can be a detriment to his game at times. Hadi Kalakeche

July 2021 – The New Jersey Devils drafted 20-year-old Bardakov with the 205th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. The Russian forward played most of the season in the KHL, earning 8 goals and 11 points in 44 games. He also played at the World Juniors, earning a goal and an assist in seven games for Russia. He is due to report to SKA St. Petersburg in 2021-2022, a club that will allow him to showcase his abilities next to more skilled forwards. His net-front presence makes him a thorn in the side of goaltenders, and his ability to tip pucks puts him at an advantage in those situations. He has decent separation ability, although he could utilize his outside edges a bit more while skating. He also has a mean streak, being awarded the distinction of most penalized player in the MHL in both 2019 and 2020. A good bet to take based on his rookie KHL production. Hadi Kalakeche

Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 2.5
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 24, 2001
Height 6‘2”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 7; Overall: 205


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Russia VariagiQC Int PW AA Elite2 1 34 2|        
 2016-2017 Vityaz Podolsk U16 Russia U1631 10 919 12|        
 2017-2018 Vityaz Podolsk U17 Russia U1723 13 1528 32|        
  Vityaz Podolsk U17 Russia U17 Finals4 0 11 2|        
  Vityaz Podolsk U18 Russia U18 Finals5 0 00 4|        
 2018-2019 Russkie VityaziMHL49 16 1935 122|        
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr2 1 12 2|        
 2019-2020 Russkie VityaziMHL51 15 1732 149|